This course will examine the higher education sector from several different angles, but with an emphasis placed on the economic issues. Topics include the benefits of higher education, government’s interest in promoting it, and various policies that impact access, persistence, affordability, and accountability.
Policies examined include financial aid, affirmative action, state and federal funding, regulation of the for-profit sector, and many others.
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Stange's research lies broadly in empirical labor and public economics, with a focus on education and health care. His prior research includes studies of college enrollment and persistence, the effect of resources and peers on community college students, the importance of amenities in college choice, and the effects of different pricing structures on major choice and student credit load.